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Since Cleveland State University is fortunate enough to have our own Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, the courses outlined below are specifically for our program. Please note that there are several Physician Assistant Programs in the state of Ohio, and an online directory of programs can be found on the PTCAS Directory of Programs or the American Physical Therapy Association Directory.

It is highly recommended that you make an appointment with your pre-professional advisor prior to enrolling in any prerequisites for PT school. A pre-professional advisor will review your plans, your progress and discuss future courses of action. 

Students are also encouraged to review the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Website at Cleveland State University website in full and to contact the department for an advising appointment. Students can also email for specific questions.


Intro Biology I and Lab

  • BIO 200/201

College Chemistry I/II and Labs

  • CHM 251/256/252/257


Physics I/II and Labs

  • PHY 221/222 or 231/232 or 241/242

Anatomy: Human Gross Anatomy or Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II and Labs

  • HSC 475/457 or BIO 266/267/268/269

Physiology: Clinical Physiology or Mammalian Physiology/Lab or Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II and Labs

  • HSC 422 or BIO 422/423 or BIO 266/267/268/269


  • STA 347

One psychology course

  • Any PSY

Social/Behavioral Sciences

  • Two courses in addition to one required psychology course; Can be psychology, sociology, anthropology, or an appropriate course in another department


Additional Course Recommendations:

Please see Pre-Professional Health Programs for additional recommendations. If students are required to take additional courses outside of those above, the most common are: BIO 202/203 (Principles of Biology II/Lab), PED 325 (Physiology of Exercise), and PSY 223 (Life Span Development).

The above list is not comprehensive. Each PT school may have slightly different requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to take prerequisite courses according to the schools he/she plans to apply to.

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